8/23/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Associate Professor of Theatre Fabio Polanco earlier this year performed in a staged reading of the new play titled “Informed Consent” at the Cleveland Play House in Cleveland, Ohio.
“The play is about a professor doing genomic research on a tribe that lives at the bottom of the Grand Canyon with an ancient and isolated gene pool,” Polanco said. “The play asks the questions: Is our DNA our destiny? Is it synonymous with who we are? Who gets to determine our stories and our destiny? Our DNA? Science? Tradition? Belief? Us?”
In the staged reading for the play, Polanco played the husband of the researcher who tries to support his wife’s passions and dreams, but who does not want to know his family’s genetic destiny and tries to point out to her that what is most important is playing out right in front of her every day in the form of her family.
Polanco said the cast was a combination of local and NYC professionals led by director Sean Daniels from Geva Theatre in Rochester and playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer.
“The cast was outstanding and very easy to work with,” Polanco said. “In particular, I felt that the actor playing my wife and I were able to develop a truthful and loving relationship between our characters despite the fact the we only rehearsed for a week. She had a generosity that made it easy for me to connect with her as if we shared a long history together.”
Even though he spends much time with his teaching of theatre at Ashland University, Polanco loves to keep working in the theatre field in order to keep learning acting techniques and new plays so he can bring back ideas to his theatre students.
“Even if only for a week, and even if only in a staged reading as opposed to a full production, I had the chance to work on what I think is a truly beautiful, funny and important play, with wonderful people at an institution where they go out of their way to treat artists with respect and generosity,” Polanco said. “I think it is wonderful that the Cleveland Play House under Artistic Director Michael Bloom and now Interim Artistic Director Laura Kepley has worked so hard to develop and support new work of this caliber. It is a gift to Northeast Ohio.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###